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By Rosemary Stevens

In the early Nineteen Twenties, with the state nonetheless improving from global battle I, President Warren G. Harding based an immense new association to regard disabled veterans: the united states Veterans Bureau, referred to now because the division of Veterans Affairs. He appointed his buddy, adorned veteran Colonel Charles R. Forbes, as founding director. Forbes lasted within the place for under eighteen months ahead of stepping down less than a cloud of feedback and suspicion. In 1926—after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government by means of rigging executive contracts—he used to be despatched to Leavenworth reformatory. even supposing he used to be recognized in his day as a drunken womanizer, and as a corrupt, betraying toady of a vulnerable, blind-sided president, the query persists: used to be Forbes a felony or a scapegoat?

Historian Rosemary Stevens tells Forbes’s tale anew, drawing on formerly untapped files to bare his position in America’s preliminary and ongoing dedication to veterans. She explores how Forbes’s upward thrust and fall in Washington illuminates President Harding’s efforts to deliver company potency to govt. She additionally examines the Veterans Bureau scandal within the context of sophistication, professionalism, ethics, and etiquette in a swiftly altering global. most importantly, Stevens proposes a desirable revisionist view of either Forbes and Harding—and increases questions on not just the validity however the resource in their respective reputations. they didn't defraud the govt. of billions of greenbacks, Stevens convincingly records, and don't deserve the recognition they've got carried for 100 years.

Packed with vivid characters—conniving associates, FBI brokers, and rival politicians cut up by means of sectional and ideological pursuits in addition to gamblers, revelers, and wronged better halves— A Time of Scandal will entice an individual drawn to political gossip, presidential politics, the "Ohio Gang," and the 1920s.

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